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Old 06-25-2008, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Here in Alexandria VA most kids do not play outside. The closest they will get to being outside is the area between their front door and the car. I never see anyone in the woods near my home and only rarely see kids throwing a football or playing in the park near by. If they are outside the parents are nearby watching for sexual perverts.

I wonder if kids play outside anywhere in the country anymore and where?
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Plenty of children still play outdoors here in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area of PA. However, we're probably just begging for a major national kidnapping story along the lines of Elizabeth Smart because so few parents here actually supervise their children. How one could just open the front door, kick their toddler in the tuckus, and then go off to use their laptop is beyond me.
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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I used to play outside as a kid a lot in Oakland. I still notice it when I drive around there.
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Papillion
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Nebraska (with the exception of a few small pockets). My town of Papillion has tons of park space and families/kids are always in them... I see a lot of kids around the neighborhood in their yards when I'm out and about. We still know neighbors and you can still say hi to people on the streets and in the stores.
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:01 PM
 
Location: In a delirium
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I have 2 small children and I used to wonder the same thing. I did find a nice playground or two in San Jose where my toddler could play with other children. In my newest city, nobody goes to our local playground. Everyone just plays in their own backyards. Instead of playing outside, people seem to do more structured activities. I too stand watch over my munchkins at the playground, though. It's kind of sad. As a kid, I explored the neighborhood with all of my friends. Maybe it was naivete on the part of our parents or things just were safer. I can't imagine letting my children do that when they are older.
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:26 PM
 
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If they are outside the parents are nearby watching for sexual perverts.
I think this is a huge part of the problem.... Parents don't encourage or even really want their kids outside. I live about 2 minutes away from the elementary school I went to as a kid. I walked to and from school every day. Now when I see kids walking to and from school their parents are always accompanying them. I really wonder what could possibly happen in those 2 minutes. Sure, **** could happen, better safe than sorry, but these kids will suffer later in life for not having unsupervised social time with other kids IMO.
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:28 PM
 
Location: still in exile......
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here in Pembroke Pines, FL kids play outside a lot(including me) even in the heat and humidity. where I lived in McDonough, GA kids didn't play outside for whatever reason..........
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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All over the place out here (Chicagoland), given the circumstances. Most kids wont play near a busy intersection, etc.
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Old 06-25-2008, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Youngstown, Oh.
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Kids still play outside in my neighborhood, in Youngstown. A few years ago, a lot of them played night-time tag, and would catch lightning bugs. But, I don't see that a lot anymore, so I think they must be getting too old for those games.
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Old 06-25-2008, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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I see kids playing outside all of the time.
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